Beat the Summer Heat

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It’s summer, and it’s hot!  With the temperatures continually to rise outside, we’re all looking for ways to beat the summer heat.  While staying indoors in front of the blasting air conditioner can be one way, we don’t always have that option.  Here are a few things you can do to beat the summer heat.

Try to run all of your errands in the morning or late evenings when the temperature is a bit cooler.

Don’t water your yard during the day.  Do it in the evening so the water has time to seep into the ground.  If you do it during the day, most of it will evaporate, leaving your grass and flowers still thirsty.

If you do need to go out and tend to your flowers or do other outdoor tasks, be sure to wear a hat to avoid getting sunburn on the top of your head.  Also wear a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt to keep your arms protected, and put sunscreen on any exposed skin.  While it might seem counter-intuitive to wear long sleeves in the summer, you want to keep the sun off your skin.  A light weight, long sleeved shirt can actually keep you cooler than a tank top.

Use ceiling fans to help keep your house cool and your air conditioning bill down. 

While you always want to drink a good amount of water each day, it’s even more important during the summer to avoid getting dehydrated.  While cold soda might taste better, water hydrates better.

To help keep your car cooler, park under shade and use a windshield sun screen. 

Make sure your windows are securely shut and that there are no gaps or leaks around them or around your doors.  Any small gap can let out your cold air and make your air conditioner work harder.

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